Ice Cream Social offers one last summer fling

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Columbia - posted Wed., Sep. 7, 2011
(L-r) Cousins Emma, Madison and Ryan await their sundaes at the annual Columbia Ice Cream Social. Photos by Melanie Savage.
(L-r) Cousins Emma, Madison and Ryan await their sundaes at the annual Columbia Ice Cream Social. Photos by Melanie Savage.

The Columbia Ice Cream Social on the Town Green has become a Labor Day tradition. “It has never rained,” said Judy Ortiz, a member of the Democratic Town Committee, the group that sponsors the event. “It draws more people every year,” said Ortiz. “This is a good crowd.”

The event offers ice cream sundaes, live music (local musician Bruce John appeared this year) and a chance for residents to share some time together before the end of the summer. And this year, because the start of school was delayed courtesy of tropical storm Irene, the social offered local children an opportunity to share one last summer day before returning to school. Originally scheduled for Aug. 30, the first day of school in Columbia was pushed back to the day after Labor Day.

Pushed back as well was the Horace W. Porter Elementary School Meet and Greet, originally scheduled for Aug. 29.

Logan Littlefield attended the rescheduled event the last week of August, eager to meet his new third-grade teacher, Karen DeFanti. All went well until Logan went to the school playground after the meeting. As he was playing on the zip line one-handed, Logan slipped and landed awkwardly. He had broken a bone in his leg. “He got to go in an ambulance,” said Logan’s mom, Marcy. “He thought that was great.”

To make matters more complicated, Logan’s family returned from the hospital to a dark house; their power had still not been restored after Irene. “We got it back yesterday,” said Logan’s dad, Gary. “Here we were, carrying Logan up the stairs, trying to balance the flashlight. It was something.”

But the family managed, and on Labor Day they were at the Ice Cream Social, with Logan in a wheelchair, enjoying the music and looking ahead to the new school year. With Logan expected to be in a cast for eight to 10 weeks, there will certainly be some logistics to work out. “There are two floors in the school, so I guess he’ll have to take the elevator,” said Marcy. And since Logan won’t be able to navigate the school bus, his mom or dad will have to drive him to school for a while.

Asked if he was worried, Logan was full of confidence. “Nope,” he said. “I’m not worried.”

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